In the Belarusian-flavored quarterfinal duel, Arina Sabalenka defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 in two sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the National Bank of Montreal Open on Friday.
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After a 4-2 fall in the second set, Sabalenka took control of the game and won the next four games without looking back. She kept a series of powerful serves to finish the game with a total of seven aces. His opponent did not win.
“It’s always hard, games against Victoria, she’s a very good player,” said the winner at TVA Sports after the duel. I am very happy with this game and thank the fans for their support. Truly this tournament is special. “
“Tennis can sometimes be played with tricks, anyone can win. So I want to focus on myself and enjoy the moment,” she continued.
Sabalenka, the tournament’s first headliner and the world’s third racket, easily caught the first set, knocking down her opponent just three times for Azarenka, who pointed to 15E WTA Ranking Rank.
In total, the 23-year-old scored 58.3% on her first services, of which she capitalized 74.3% of the time.
In the second doubles match of the day, Czech Carolina Pliskova actually defeated her opponent Spain’s Sarah Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-0.
Obviously the fourth seed of the tournament and the sixth player in the world to keep up the pace, Sorribes Tormo (48th) was unable to hit his opponent frequently well. The second confirmed her profit with Ace, and she was third in the meeting.
“I found my rhythm at the end of the first set and I was able to continue in the second,” Pliskova said in an interview with TVA Sports. She played well and made my life harder. I am very happy with my win. ”
Czech and Sabalenka will face off in a duel in the semi-finals. Three rounds of shock cannot be ruled out to determine the winner.
“Every time I played against her [Sabalenka], She analyzed that these are close duels played with a few moments difference. She has good service and let’s see what happens tomorrow [samedi]. ⁇
Pliskova made 19 winning shots, while scoring 66.7% in her first service. Her opponent played her first ball 68.2%.
A huge win for Gabriela Dabrowski
In doubles, Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and her teammate Louisa Stephanie defeated Arina Sabalenka and Elise Mertens 6-2 in straight sets to advance to the semi-finals at the National Bank of Montreal Open, where they will face Veronica Cudernobato and Veronica Kuderobato.
Sabalenka was clearly tested by her dual fight in singles against her Belarusian compatriot Victoria Azarenka a few hours ago, she had a blast with “smashes” and serves, but she did not have very active legs.
This is the end of the tournament for Mertens, who lost in the first round of the singles competition.
Dabrowski is currently 15th on the WTA Doubles Tour and her teammate is 22nd. The Canadian final doubles title is May 2019, when she won a tennis tournament in Nuremberg with Xu Yifan of China.